If you have an old house than peculiar spaces are often a conundrum as well as a blessing. Modern homes can be too square and too straightforward for their own good, adding a nook or an alcove can bring just a little bit of wonder.
Understandably a lot of our sunken spaces come from chimney breasts and are filled with books and a TV, but there is so much more you can do! The best ideas seem to be for children, little spaces suit little people.
Starting with the unusual, these white walls are lent pleasing tones with this curved alcove. The seating hugs the wall and softens the room with a generous sprinkling of cushions.
These dark wood shelves and cupboards float across the chimney breast elongating the room.
A clever use of an unusual space, perfect for sleepovers!
Neatly tucked away, a feature is made of this cooking area. Elegantly framed in marble with striking black units.
Some of the best sunken spaces are reading nooks. You can picture curling up here with a good book and keeping an eye on the world below.
A modern take on the shelving and cupboard alcove. The matt grey shelves positively beam with the strip lights tucked above.
A clever use of alcove space here, the curtains hint at the grand reveal behind – a wall full of shoes!
An adventurous bed in the eves for a child is a real space saver. I like the curtain too, making this sleeping space feel like a secret hideaway.
For a kitchen, shelves are a no-brainer. I love the quirky use of miss-matched wallpaper here.
Making full use of a slither of space, these built in cupboards look prim and proper in a chalky blue-grey with tidy brass knobs.
Warm sandy tones work perfectly with this diddy inset shelf. The lovely wood is nice and chunky and would look at home in a naturally lit bathroom.
I think I just have a thing about beds with curtains! I do like this hideaway bed, tucked away in a deep alcove. The luxurious drapes help this bedroom solution look inviting.
I love this little student space complete with pegs. Really only created out of two shelves and a bit of imagination.
Smart storage fitted around a radiator. Keeping the different elements low adds to the layering of textures. Also a handy space to keep the chopped wood!
My final piece of inspiration for this compilation is another child’s sleeping space. Perfectly sized for imaginative sweet dreams, bedtime reading and window gazing.
A small space really is just an opportunity.